Louise's Travel Journal

Well, ain’t that the berries!

We got up and at it early to have breakfast at our hotel. We sat next to a fresh-faced, strong-jawed soldier in fatigues. With his rucksack at his feet, he was reading Audie Murphy’s To Hell and Back while eating a child-sized, prepackaged bowl of Lucky Charms….. Good luck young man.

Mom and I started our day at the visitors center and History Museum. We saw a model of the first cotton gin and singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer’s Grammy for unique contributions to music. Local author, Tarrin Lupo was signing copies of his new book Pirates of Savannah. We purchased an autographed copy and got a picture with the author (he was dressed as a pirate and he let me hold his flintlock pistol).

Savannah has 22 city squares, all of which we intend to visit during this trip. Mom and I set off to explore the southern half of the historic district.

We started at Monterey Square and The Mercer-Williams House. This beautifully restored mansion was family home of Johnny Mercer and later home of Savannah preservationist and antiques dealer Jim Williams, the focus of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” No pictures are allowed inside the home, but Mr. Williams had a stunning and eclectic antiques collection. There are beautiful period restorations of the woodwork and accent details. Bold paint colors that create a clever flow of unique spaces despite the open floor plan. Wonderful and relaxing porch and garden spaces. An absolute don’t miss for Savannah tours!

We ate lunch at J. Christophers lunch counter and planned the rest of our day. Fresh berry crepes!

  • The southern half of city squares
  • Forsythe Park
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (build after Revolutionary War when prohibitions ended)
  • Independent Presbyterian Church (from the opening scene of Forest Gump)
  • Mickve Israel Synagogue (oldest synagogue in U.S.)
  • Home of Conrad Aiken (novelist and poet)
  • Birthplace of Flannery O’Connor (Southern Gothic writer and essayist)
  • Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of Girl Scouts)
  • Colonial Park Cemetery (memorial of Button Gwinnett, Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence)
  • Sherman’s Headquarters (home of General Sherman at the conclusion of “Sherman’s March to the Sea” )

For dinner we made reservations at The Pirate House. The oldest standing building in Georgia. Originally plotted to be the botanical gardens of the New World it was later turned into a herb shop and later a tavern where drunk, passed-out sailors were often shanghaied into becoming pirates through secret underground tunnels. Fried green tomatoes, pecan fried chicken, seafood augratin and Savannah tea. Delicious! Back to the hotel for a well deserved hot tub and a good nights sleep.

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